Only two of the last six Hungarian Grands Prix have been won from pole position. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of each grid slot at the Hungaroring!
THE STATS IN BRIEF:
- Two wins from pole in last six years
- One retirement from 3rd in last 24 years
- No retirements from 10th since 2004
- Furthest back win from 14th
- 18th, 19th and 20th never scored
Grid Last Win Last Podium Last Points Last DNF Best Finish
1 2018 2019 2019 2009 1st
2 2016 2017 2019 2009 1st
3 2019 2019 2019 2018 1st
4 2014 2018 2019 2013 1st
5 - 2019 2019 2015 2nd
6 - 2013 2019 2017 2nd
7 - 2015 2019 2018 2nd
8 - - 2019 2016 5th
9 - 1990 2018 2019 3rd
10 - 2006 2019 2004 3rd
11 - - 2018 2015 4th
12 1989 1994 2019 2017 1st
13 - - 2017 2015 5th
14 2006 2006 2016 2017 1st
15 - - 2015 2018 5th
16 - - 2015 2018 4th
17 - - 2015 2014 6th
18 - - - 2013 7th
19 - - - 2017 7th
20 - - - 2015 7th
Points likelihood: 88% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2009
Second on the grid has scored points on more occasions than any other grid slot at the Hungarian Grand Prix. From the 34 races here, the driver starting second has scored thirty times. There have been just four point-less occasions for the driver starting from second on the grid, all four being DNFs. The drivers to have retired from this grid slot are Gerhard Berger in 1987, Nigel Mansell in 1989 (who retired because he was ill with chickenpox. Yes, really.), Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005 and Sebastian Vettel in 2009.
Points likelihood: 82% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2018
The driver starting from third has finished on the podium in all of the last five Hungarian Grands Prix, including wins for Sebastian Vettel in 2015 and Lewis Hamilton last year. There have been only three occasions in the last eleven races where the driver starting here has failed to secure a top three finish, and the last DNF from the grid slot came back in 2008. Felipe Massa’s retirement that year – when he looked set for a win – is the only DNF from third on the grid at the Hungaroring in the last 24 years. From the top three grid slots, it’s the one which has gone the longest time without a DNF, though starting in the top three gives you a good chance of finishing the race – none of the top three grid slots have recorded a DNF at this track since 2009!
Points likelihood: 79% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2009
In the last eight races at the Hungaroring, the polesitter has won four times. The pole to win conversion rate here is under 50%, with the polesitter winning fifteen of the 34 races held at the track since F1 first visited in 1986. The polesitter has recorded only six DNFs at the Hungaroring, with Fernando Alonso’s 2009 retirement, in which he lost a wheel after a botched pit-stop, being the last time the polesitter failed to finish a race here. In every year where the polesitter has finished the Hungarian Grand Prix, they have scored points, aside from Alain Prost in 1993 who finished seven laps down on the leader. However, in this race, Prost did not actually start from pole. He stalled on the formation lap and started from the back of the pack. The de facto polesitter Damon Hill went on to win the event, taking his first Grand Prix victory.
Points likelihood: 74% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2017
The driver starting sixth has finished sixth in each of the last two Hungarian Grands Prix. This grid slot has never won but has recorded six podium finishes. The driver starting here has failed to score only twice in the last nine seasons.
Points likelihood: 74% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2018
Seventh on the grid has recorded four podium finishes, all four being second place finishes. Max Verstappen’s retirement in 2018 is the only time that the driver starting here has failed to score in the past thirteen seasons.
Points likelihood: 71% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2013
In the last twenty years, Nico Rosberg’s retirement in 2013 is the only occasion that the driver starting fourth has retired from the Hungarian Grand Prix, while Juan Pablo Montoya’s eleventh place in 2002 is the only other time that a driver has failed to score from here in that time period. Since 2005, there have been three wins from fourth on the grid at the Hungaroring. The grid slot has finished in the top five in all of the last six years.
Points likelihood: 65% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2019
From the past twelve seasons the driver starting twelfth has failed to score on only three occasions, all three of those being retirements. Five of those nine finishes have been seventh places. The grid slot has had one podium finish, a third place for Nelson Piquet in 1990.
Points likelihood: 62% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2015
Fifth on the grid has suffered more DNFs than any other grid slot in the top ten. Having failed to finish on thirteen occasions, the position has also scored at the least number of Hungarian Grands Prix from any of the top six slots. While it has had more retirements than any other position in the top ten, only five of those instances have been in the last 21 races at the track. Though that’s still more than any other slot in the top ten during that period, the last DNF from fifth on the grid came back in 2015 when Kimi Raikkonen retired with engine troubles. Last year, Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to take a podium finish from fifth on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix since 2014.
Points likelihood: 56% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2015
Eleventh is one of only two grid slots in the top twelve to have never recorded a podium finish. The best result from here is fourth place, recorded by Kimi Raikkonen in 2002. The grid slot has scored more often than not in the last fourteen years, including in two of the last three years. Between 1990 and 1997, the driver starting here either retired or finished fifth.
Points likelihood: 50% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2004
The tenth grid slot at the Hungaroring is on a fifteen-race streak of finishes. It’s the grid slot which has gone the longest without a DNF at the track, with Kimi Raikkonen being the last driver to have started from here and retired back in 2004. The grid slot has given two podium finishes, for Johnny Herbert in 1997 and for Nick Heidfeld in 2006, who both finished third.
Points likelihood: 47% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2016
The driver starting from eighth on the grid at the Hungaroring has scored points twice in the last three Hungarian Grands Prix. But from the 34 races here, eighth on the grid has resulted in points finishes on only nine occasions. Five of those occasions have been fifth place finishes – for Johnny Dumfries in 1986, Maurício Gugelmin in 1988, Rubens Barrichello in 1999, Jenson Button in 2005 and Carlos Sainz in 2019. Last year was the first time that a driver starting from this grid slot finished the race in a better position than where they started since 2009.
Points likelihood: 47% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2017
Twelfth is one of only two grid slots outside of the top ten to have won the Hungarian Grand Prix. A single victory has come from twelfth, and that was for Nigel Mansell back in 1989. Though the driver starting here has recorded three DNFs in the last six seasons, in each of the last two years, the driver lining up twelfth on the grid has scored, including with a fourth place finish for Daniel Ricciardo in 2018.
Points likelihood: 35% Last points: 2015 Last DNF: 2018
Sixteenth on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix has provided more top ten finishes than any of the grid slots around it. The best result from here is fourth place for Mika Hakkinen in 1992. It has scored twice in the last six seasons.
Points likelihood: 26% Last points: 2017 Last DNF: 2015
Until 2019, if the driver starting from thirteenth on the grid has finished the race, they’ve always finished in a position higher than where they started from. That changed last year though, as Daniil Kvyat could finish only fifteenth. In the last eleven races, the driver starting thirteenth on the grid at the Hungaroring has scored on four occasions, with a best of sixth place for Timo Glock in 2009. That result has been bettered only once for a driver starting from here – Martin Brundle finished fifth for Ligier in 1993. The grid slot does have quite a high retirement rate though. Its current streak of four finishes is the longest streak that it has had without a retirement.
Points likelihood: 26% Last points: 2016 Last DNF: 2017
Jenson Button won the Hungarian Grand Prix from fourteenth on the grid in 2006, making it the furthest back grid slot to have won at the Hungaroring. Since then, Kimi Raikkonen’s sixth place in 2016 is the only time that the driver starting here has scored, while Ralf Schumacher’s fifth place in 1997 is its only other points-scoring occasion.
Points likelihood: 25% Last points: 2014 Last DNF: –
Four starts have been made from the pit lane at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Though no one has retired having started from the pit lane, only one pit lane start has resulted in points. That was for Lewis Hamilton in 2014, who finished on the podium after suffering a fire on his car in qualifying.
Points likelihood: 21% Last points: 2015 Last DNF: 2014
The seventeenth grid slot has had more non-finishes at the Hungarian Grand Prix than any other, with eighteen non-finishes in total. While no one has retired from here in all of the last five seasons, in the fifteen races before that, the driver starting seventeenth crossed the finish line only three times. The position has scored only once in the last 25 years. Marcus Ericsson became the first driver since 1993 to score points having started seventeenth, when he finished tenth for Sauber in 2015.
Points likelihood: 18% Last points: 2015 Last DNF: 2018
The driver starting fifteenth has scored only twice at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with a tenth place finish for Pastor Maldonado in 2013 and fifth for Fernando Alonso in 2015. This position has had more non-finishes than any other position in the top sixteen. In the first 22 races at the Hungaroring, the driver starting here finished on only seven occasions. Since then it has recorded only two retirements.
Points likelihood: 12% Last points: – Last DNF: 2013
All three of the last places available on this year’s grid have never scored a point at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and all three have never finished above seventh. Martin Donnelly finished seventh from eighteenth on the grid in 1990, while Ricardo Rosset’s eighth place in 1996 is the last top ten finish for a driver starting here. In the last thirteen seasons, the driver starting here has failed to finish only twice.
Points likelihood: 12% Last points: – Last DNF: 2017
Satoru Nakajima’s seventh place from nineteenth on the grid back in 1988 is the best result for the driver starting nineteenth at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Since then, the position has recorded only three more top ten finishes, but it has never resulted in a points finish. Of the bottom three grid slots, nineteenth is the one which has recorded the most retirements.
Points likelihood: 6% Last points: – Last DNF: 2015
Twentieth on the grid has never scored at the Hungaroring, and the grid slot has had only two top ten finishes. Michele Alboreto finished seventh from twentieth on the grid in 1994, while Ukyo Katayama finished tenth in 1997. There have been positions lower than this on the grid which have supplied points, however. The driver starting 23rd scored in both 2010 and 2011. Since 2005, there have been only two retirements from this grid slot.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.